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Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 9 of 30

Auto Color Correction


Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 9 of 30

Auto Color Correction


Lesson Info

Auto Color Correction

I have some auto-correct conversation to have with you. Dah dah dah, queue the music. Auto can be good and dangerous at the same time, and I want to explain why I think that. So, with Photoshop, given there are so many options for you to do, I think when folks rely on auto too much, you don't know actually how the final file got to where it's got, where the effect came from. And I think that leaves you handicapped. So my suggestion is, if you decide to use some auto functions, make sure you decipher and go look and diagnose what the file did, so you can learn, or don't use it, okay? It's, and I know it's one of those handicap things where you get a job, and you want to get it done and you want to hurry and the auto function just works. But ultimately, as you go on through your career, it makes your brain not able to solve problems. And then things will change. Photoshop will change the algorithms and the buttons won't work the same way, and then you're like, oh, I only know how to colo...

r correct by using that auto button. So, I'm gonna show you some auto stuff, but I'd like to give a kind of danger, Will Ronbinson, buyer beware here as I do it. So, in many of the adjustment layers, you will see that there are some auto, first of all, there's an Auto button, like this, it's auto-correct. And again, what Photoshop's trying to do here is balance out your histogram and balance out your layers, your levels, pardon me. And that's fine and dandy, and you can use that. But instead, what I'd prefer you start investigating is just doing it on your own. So you just have this sense of understanding what the computer is doing. But also, there's some parameters here, some options you have. And it's the fly-out menu on the right-hand side. And I'm gonna show the Auto Color Options, and I do want to reiterate, that's on the bonus material that you can get. And inside here, you have some interesting choices. This, we are once again in levels. So you can say, hey, find the dark and light colors and smooth them out. And you can put clipping, the only people I know who know how to do the clipping are printers. I don't know what clipping percentages to use. I have been told by printers what to put in here, but I don't know them off the top of my head, and I've been doing this a long time. So you do not need to feel you need to know all that. You can also enhance by channel contrast or monochromatic effect. So you can do some pretty cool stuff here. Now, here's an often missed button, the Snap Neutral Midtones. And what that will do is that will basically neutralize your color, do you see that? Before, it's cyan, after, it's neutralized. Okay, and that can be really handy, especially if you're trying to balance your white points or your mid-tones. And, it can be useful, however, where that is dangerous if you ask me is, you don't know what it did. So, do you go down in here and start looking at what the numbers are? Can you find it? You might be able to find it here. It was a mid-tone correction. But, if you're trying to do a job fast, then so be it. That option's available to you, and I'd like you to know it's available to you. Again, it balanced the blacks and the whites and did the neutral coloring. You find it under Auto Options. And you need to be careful, however you've set your Auto Options is how it's gonna work the next time you use it. So if you don't want it to neutralize, you gotta turn that off and then do it again. So, it'll keep that recorded until you crash in Photoshop, which I'm sure you never crash. Anyway, again, Snap to Neutral Midtones. It's handy, it can be useful. Feel free to experiment with it, it's just in levels. And, I think I might have gone over that a little quickly, so let's talk about this again. There is a bunch of other options in here, and they do completely different effects. So have fun, play with it, see what you're gonna do. I would personally not suggest you go into the tonal clippings, 'cause I think that can be a little dangerous. Do you remember how I said, you have to change the density for a newspaper? This is where you could type it in as well.

Class Description

There are countless options for manipulating, changing and correcting color your photographs. Clear up the confusion by joining professional finisher, Lisa Carney in her exclusive class focusing just on color. In this course, Lisa will identify and clarify different adjustment layers, walk through a professional’s workflow for color correction, and dive into working with curves.

You’ll learn:

  • How to work with gradient fills and gradient maps
  • Working with Hue and Saturation
  • Setting up a Color workflow system
  • Using Gradient Maps for Color Correction
  • How to use curves for matching color and tone

Handle color like a pro by learning from one of the best retouchers in Hollywood. Join Lisa for this extensive and in-depth look on working with color in Photoshop®.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017



This is an EXCELLENT class for Photoshop users! Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and, also, a delight to watch and listen to! Not only that she explains the concepts but she also shares her own experience and her practical ways of using those concepts! Great, great class! Thank you, Lisa and CreativeLive!

Maggie Lobl

I am really enjoying this class! Lisa makes complicated concepts easy to understand. She presents various ways of doing things so that you have options and can use the method that best works for your own situation. She moves quickly through the material, which I appreciate, and I since I own the class I know I can go back and review material when I need to. I love her style and approach to teaching, as well as her real world anecdotes and the way she shares her experience, both good and bad examples from her career. I'm so glad I purchased this class!

a Creativelive Student

This course has an abundance of useful information along with professional tips based on actual field experience. This course is definitely one I will come back to from time to time to reiterate the information. For this reason the way it is organised is perfect to find information about a specific technique or adjustment layer. It is well composed with some humour and advanced information. Loved it and highly recommend it for people who want to deal with the little details and get things exactly the way they want. Not suitable for lazy or sloppy people who just want to get the job good enough for sharing but don't care about getting it perfect for print.